Radiation Therapy

Cancer Care | Radiation Therapy


Blue Water Area's First Radiation Therapy Team

Lake Huron Medical Center's Radiation Therapy Team delivers radiation treatment to nearly 400 patients annually, with state-of-the-art technology and leading edge treatment options. Our highly-qualified and compassionate team is prepared to offer you comprehensive cancer care, because we understand minutes always matter.

What is radiation therapy?

Radiation therapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses high doses of ionizing radiation, like x-rays, to kill cancer cells.

Types of radiation therapy

External Beam: radiation beams are generated outside the patient by a medical linear accelerator.

  • 3D conformal radiation therapy - shapes the radiation beams to match the shape of the tumor.
  • IMRT (Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy) - the intensity of the radiation is varied (modulated) at various angles by an advanced computer program to minimize dose to nearby healthy tissue.
  • SBRT (Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy) - with BodyFIX immobilization, high doses of radiation are delivered in a shortened course of treatment. BodyFIX enables accurate, precise patient positioning and immobilization, facilitating successful imaging and treatment.
  • SRS (Stereotactic Radiosurgery) - precise treatment of brain and spine tumors in a single treatment.

Brachytherapy: radiation sources are implanted inside the body.

  • Gynecological cancer treatments for cervical and endometrial (uterine) cancers - radioactive seeds are temporarily placed near the tumor.
  • Prostate seed implant - radioactive seeds are permanently placed inside the prostate gland.

Advanced Treatment Options

  • IGRT (Image-guided radiation therapy) - uses 2- or 3-D images to pinpoint tumor site during treatment.
  • Respiratory Gating - allows clinicians to correlate tumor position in relation to the patient's respiratory cycle.
  • OSMS (Optical Surface Monitoring System) - tracks a patient's position before and during radiation therapy, to aid in setup and treatment accuracy. Using proprietary 3-D stereo camera units, OSMS tracks thousands of points on the skin surface and compares them to the ideal position with sub-millimetric accuracy.
  • DIBH for left-sided breast cancer (Deep Inspiration Breath Hold) - reduces radiation to the heart.
  • Prone breast immobilization and treatment - to optimally spare heart and lung. For more information click here.
  • Varian TrueBeam® Linear Accelerator with PerfectPitch™ 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF) couch is designed to deliver advanced radiation therapy techniques with a high level of accuracy and reproducibility for leading edge cancer care.

Comprehensive Services

In addition to advanced care radiation treatment and therapy options, patients also benefit from:

  • A collaborative environment highlighted by participation in numerous cancer-specific multidisciplinary tumor boards and clinics.
  • A qualified and compassionate team, including a board-certified radiation oncologist, nurses, radiation therapists, dosimetrist, physicist and social worker.
  • Rehabilitation and support services.
  • Comprehensive breast care including round table discussion with patient and multidisciplinary care team
  • Clinical trials.

For a consultation with a radiation oncology specialist at Lake Huron Medical Center, call 810-216-1484.